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ChasSmith commented about Forest Theatre on Apr 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm

I’m sorry to say I’d been through there several times and noticed it, but never stopped to take a picture.

As of today, if you go to Bing Maps and choose Bird’s Eye view (it’s no longer on Aerial View which has been updated), you can see it clearly at the intersection of Forest Rd. and Boston Post Rd./Orange Avenue — especially in the image facing west.

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ChasSmith commented about Connecticut could be first state to curb loud movies on Mar 12, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Violation of FREE SPEECH??

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ChasSmith commented about Drive-in to reopen in Paramount on Feb 4, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Go for it! I wish you all the best.

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ChasSmith commented about Thunderbird Theater on Jan 30, 2014 at 4:58 pm

From the looks of the building on Google and Bing, it must have been a really fine suburban theater.

I wish I could remember what I saw there while living in the area in 1985/86. If anyone can recall any particular movies exhibited there during those years, I’d sure appreciate it.

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ChasSmith commented about Lafayette Theatre on Jan 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm

I didn’t know him, myself, but this is a shock nonetheless. Always appreciated his playing. Thank you, Peter — and for the links, as well.

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ChasSmith commented about *** Comments and Behavior On This Site *** on Dec 7, 2013 at 11:37 pm

I use adblocker, too, but disabled it and those links just don’t work. (I’m on Chrome and Win7.) I don’t search from there, so had never noticed.

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ChasSmith commented about *** Comments and Behavior On This Site *** on Dec 7, 2013 at 12:49 am

Just a quick note of thanks for everything you guys do. I should take the time to keep with my own personal research and post more than I do, as this is an extremely valuable site to me, personally. Please do whatever you think best to keep it great.

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ChasSmith commented about Scouting the Remains of Brooklyn’s Incredible Paramount Movie Theatre on Dec 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Wonderful!

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ChasSmith commented about Movie theater matrons gone from NY on Nov 18, 2013 at 9:33 pm

I saw nothing to indicate that there was more than I was seeing…but it sure seems to end rather abruptly.

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ChasSmith commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Oct 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm

http://www.criterion.com/films/28579-it-s-a-mad-mad-mad-mad-world

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ChasSmith commented about AMC AVCO Center on Oct 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Terrible. Another Westwood humiliation.

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ChasSmith commented about 3-D Film Expo returns to the Egyptian on Aug 27, 2013 at 4:53 pm

It’s absolutely killing me not to go. I wish everyone a superb Expo.

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ChasSmith commented about Sheridan Theatre on Aug 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm

In the anticipation leading up to Criterion’s release of a certain epic comedy, I’d like to commemorate that film’s roadshow presentation at the Sheridan, which I have always held wonderful memories of seeing at the tender age of 14. I especially cherish my having recalled a couple of the soon-to-be-cut scenes that indicate we were there within the first few weeks of the run.

IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD Theater: Sheridan Premiere: December 19, 1963 (Florida Premiere) Duration: 23 weeks Format: Cinerama (70mm) Hype: “The World’s Critics Go Stark Raving Mad! Mad! Mad! Mad!”

—with gratitude to Al Alvarez & Michael Coate

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ChasSmith commented about Mann's Chinese, November 1974 on Jun 7, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Mann’s Chinese, November 1974

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ChasSmith commented about "Earthquake" at the Chinese on Jun 7, 2013 at 10:51 pm

November 1974

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ChasSmith commented about Warnor Theatre on Apr 26, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Yesindeed. Always loved balconies, and I especially remember sitting up there at the Florida’s summer kids' matinees.

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ChasSmith commented about "2001: A Space Odyssey" 45th Anniversary – The Cinerama Engagements on Apr 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Thanks to a good friend who was way more aware than I about this new film, I saw it on several occasions at the State in Cleveland, once at the Summit in Detroit, and of course countless subsequent times in other venues over the years. The runs at the State and Summit were simply magnificent. I will never forget those experiences, or that incredible summer over which ‘2001’ loomed so large.

As always, thanks for the great research marking a notable anniversary and revitalizing some wonderful memories.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Ramapo aims to keep the Lafayette a first-run movie theater on Apr 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Yeah, what the….?

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ChasSmith commented about Looking back at Miami movie palaces on Mar 2, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Wonderful!

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ChasSmith commented about Warner Beverly Hills Groundbreaking on Feb 19, 2013 at 11:08 am

Yes, thank you so much for this.

It’s a little disappointing that the newsreel doesn’t take us inside, but it’s still essential viewing. I never knew the theater in its prime, but I lived in the area and attended a number of second runs in the mid-1970s, and it was the most amazing interior ever. A supreme loss.

The newsreel ends with Warner Brothers' wish that the theater not be found unworthy. Some five decades later, it was found very unworthy by the city of Beverly Hills, as was much else there. What was once a wonderful “village” of affordable and accessible shops, theaters, bookstores, record stores, and eateries, is now a sterile gold and platinum wasteland, almost unrecognizable to those who knew it only a few decades ago.

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ChasSmith commented about Esquire Theatre on Feb 5, 2013 at 11:37 pm

I was in Beechwood Elementary in 4th and 5th grades.

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ChasSmith commented about Esquire Theatre on Feb 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Right. I’ve been trying to nail down where on the east side we kids were taken to see it. We were living in Whitehall, and I' m pretty certain it was nearby. I remember GRAND CANYON was still with it.

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ChasSmith commented about Esquire Theatre on Feb 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

(I mean 1959)

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ChasSmith commented about Esquire Theatre on Feb 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

kenreiff6, would you remember if the Esquire played Disney’s Sleeping Beauty in its first run — 1958?

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ChasSmith commented about Walter Reade Theater on Dec 27, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Well, I didn’t get the pristine print I’d hoped for, but after a rough start it was mostly good, and seeing PLAYTIME on the big screen was wonderful.